LGBT Rights

 

The ACLU of Maryland is dedicated to making our state a place where LGBT people can live openly, where their identities, relationships and families are respected and where there is fair treatment on the job and in schools, housing, public places, health care, and government programs. The ACLU filed a lawsuit seeking marriage licenses for same-sex couples in Maryland, and ever since we have strongly advocated in the courts, in the legislature, and in communities for the freedom to marry. 


 

Recent Activity

Citing Governor's Claim of "Declining Revenues," Groups Ask for Transfer of Public Funding from Private to Public Schools

News article, August 5, 2016

Call on Gov to withhold $5 million set aside for private school vouchers as part of FY2017 budget

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AG letter of advice re Student Assistance Organization Business Grants

News article, April 8, 2015

Letter addresses $5 million in dedicated funding in Governor's Supplemental Budget #2

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ACLU Opposes Diversion of State Funds to Subsidize Private and Religious Schools

News article, April 2, 2015

Governor Hogan Adds $5 Million in Supplemental Appropriation

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Ratner Companies apologizes to stylist Brandon Smith, who was fired by Hair Cuttery after being diagnosed with HIV

News article, October 22, 2014

Agreement reached to resolve HIV discrimination claim against Hair Cuttery

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ACLU Demands Justice for Stylist Fired by Hair Cuttery Over HIV Status

News article, October 9, 2014

Groups asks state licensing agency to clarify regulations

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Coalition responds to effort to petition Fairness for All Marylanders Act to referendum

News article, April 29, 2014

Get the facts about the important new law

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ACLU of Maryland Executive Director to be Inducted into Maryland Women's Hall of Fame

News article, March 20, 2014

Ceremony at the Governor's Mansion in Annapolis

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Fairness for All Marylanders Act clears crucial committee hurdle

News article, February 20, 2014

Transgender rights in Maryland took a big step forward today when the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee voted to send the Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2014 to the full Senate floor.

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Supreme Court Declares Core Section of the "Defense of Marriage Act" Unconstitutional

News article, June 26, 2013

ACLU of Maryland Joins to Hail Ruling Establishing Equality for Married Gay Couples Under Federal Law

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ACLU Lauds Attorney General Opinion that Same-Sex Couples Can Marry on Jan 1

News article, November 29, 2012

Attorney General clarifies important questions, instructs clerks

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ACLU of Maryland Launches "Marriage in Maryland" Fact-Check Website

News article, October 26, 2012

Group Will Update Site to Counter Misinformation about the Civil Marriage Protection Act

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Senate Passes Marriage Equality Bill

News article, February 23, 2012

As Legislative Process Ends, Referendum Begins in Maryland

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Maryland House of Delegates Passes Marriage Equality Bill

News article, February 17, 2012

With Major Hurdle Cleared, Marriage Equality Supporters Prepare for Vote in Senate

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VIDEO: Legendary Baltimore Family Featured in Marriage Equality Ad

News article, February 15, 2012

The Marylanders for Marriage Equality coalition today announced that members of the prominent Murphy family of Baltimore are featured in the coalition’s 13th web ad calling for marriage equality in the Free State.

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2012 Legislative Priorities

News article, January 11, 2012

Issues Include Marriage Equality, Criminal Justice Reform, Social Media Privacy

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Web-Filter Company Acts to Address ACLU Complaints of LGBT Censorship in Montgomery County

News article, November 16, 2011

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Just-in-Time Victory for Bel Air High Drama Students Harford Officials Reverse Censorship of Gay Scene

News article, November 4, 2011

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ACLU Blasts Bel Air High School Censorship of Gay Scene in “Almost, Maine”

News article, November 3, 2011

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LGBT censorship of Bel Air High School play

Legal case, November 2, 2011

The ACLU of Maryland urged Harford County Public School officials to allow a play to be staged as written and not censor a scene that features an LGBT storyline.

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LGBT web filtering in Montgomery County

Legal case, October 24, 2011

The ACLU of Maryland advocated that the iBoss web filtering software being used by Montgomery County government unblock a filter falsely labeling LGBT websites as pornography.

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Governor O’Malley Kicks Off Video Campaign Supporting Marriage Equality

News article, October 3, 2011

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Census Data Underscore Need for Marriage Equality in Maryland

News article, August 11, 2011

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Marylanders for Marriage Equality Hails Governor O’Malley’s Leadership on Marriage Equality

News article, July 22, 2011

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ACLU and Lambda Legal Laud Ruling in Support of Same-Sex Spouse’s Right to Equal Treatment

News article, June 23, 2011

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Marylanders for Marriage Equality Launches Unified Campaign to Pass Marriage Equality in 2012

News article, June 12, 2011

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ACLU Remains Committed to Winning Equality for Same-Sex Couples Despite Heartbreaking House Vote

News article, March 11, 2011

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ACLU To Testify in Support of Legislation to Grant Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples

News article, February 25, 2011

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Maryland Senate Passes Bill Legalizing Marriage For Same-Sex Couples

News article, February 24, 2011

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Statement in Support of the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act

News article, January 25, 2011

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